Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Paperback 856: Dividend on Death / Brett Halliday (Dell 617)

Paperback 856: Dell 617 (1st ptg, 1952)

Title: Dividend on Death
Author: Brett Halliday
Cover artist: Robert Stanley

Estimated value: $10-12


Best things about this cover:

  • Mike Shayne fights back against Obama's Death Panels.
  • "*That's* no thermometer!" cried Mike Shayne.
  • It looks like he's trying to do some gun hackysack and she's like "WTF!?"
  • His tie is awesome. Did he fall from the sky?


Best things about this back cover:

  • How much for the alliteration classes?
  • "a flock of kisses from a hot-mouthed blond"—"Her kisses were like feverish sheep…"
  • Dr. Pedique has the cure! Or so I imagine.

Page 123~

She gazed at him disdainfully. "What gave you the idea you were such hot stuff? If you haven't anything else on your mind, I'll ask you to go. I won't weep any salty tears if I never see you again."

"Only freshwater tears for you, sailor. Now scram!"


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Tulse said...

The cover confuses me -- shouldn't she be a bank teller or investment advisor? "Here's your dividend on death, sir -- will that be cash or check?"

DemetriosX said...

That's one hell of a payday. $24,200.00 in 1952 dollars is around $213,000 in today's money. A couple more cases like that and Shayne could retire.

Karl said...

Wow, I know the shoulders of pulp-fiction heroes have a preternatural ability to attract bullets, but shot four times in the same shoulder? That seems to be stretching things a bit.